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  • Obama defends handling of veterans affairs issues

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. – His standing with veterans damaged by scandal, President Barack Obama on Tuesday defended his administration's response to Veterans ...
    Aug. 26, 2014 - 1:10 pm
  • Judges blast Indiana, Wisconsin gay marriage bans

    CHICAGO – Federal appeals judges bristled on Tuesday at arguments defending gay marriage bans in Indiana and Wisconsin, with one Republican appointee ...
    Aug. 26, 2014 - 10:57 pm
  • DeKalb City Council bans smoking on patios

    DeKALB – Public patios in DeKalb will be smoke free under changes to city law DeKalb aldermen approved Monday, although not all aldermen support the b ...
    Aug. 26, 2014 - 12:25 am
  • Health-care fears loom large in gay marriage cases

    INDIANAPOLIS – When Niki Quasney felt a piercing pain in her ribcage in March, the oncologist treating her advanced ovarian cancer told her to get to ...
    Aug. 25, 2014 - 11:32 pm
  • Dempsey: We will act if Islamic group threatens U.S.

    ABOARD A US MILITARY AIRCRAFT – Gen. Martin Dempsey says that once he determines the Islamic State militants in Iraq have become a direct threat to th ...
    Aug. 25, 2014 - 12:25 pm
  • Quinn vetoes Illinois ridesharing regulations

    CHICAGO – A taxicab industry spokeswoman says Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn has vetoed legislation that would've given customers some protection in the emer ...
    Aug. 25, 2014 - 10:34 am
  • Huckabee: ‘Stop the fight’ over Common Core

    WASHINGTON – Conservatives should “stop the fight” over Common Core and instead consider the benefits that the academic standards offer students in st ...
    Aug. 22, 2014 - 11:34 pm
  • New Obama birth control fixes for religious groups

    WASHINGTON – Seeking to quell a politically charged controversy, the Obama administration announced new measures Friday to allow religious nonprofits ...
    Aug. 22, 2014 - 11:27 pm
  • Rauner dealt double blows over Illinois ballot

    SPRINGFIELD – Illlinois Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner suffered a double blow Friday with the approval of a Nov. 4 ballot that does n ...
    Aug. 22, 2014 - 11:19 pm
  • Report: State agency broke hiring rules for years

    SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Transportation circumvented rules devised to keep politics out of state jobs and improperly hired more than 2 ...
    Aug. 22, 2014 - 11:18 pm
  • Unions want expedited ruling in pensions suit

    SPRINGFIELD – A coalition of labor unions and state retirees is asking a judge for an expedited ruling in a case challenging the constitutionality of ...
    Aug. 22, 2014 - 11:18 pm
  • U.S. won’t let borders hamper fight vs. extremists

    WASHINGTON – A senior White House official raised the possibility Friday of a broader American military campaign that targets an Islamic extremist gro ...
    Aug. 22, 2014 - 11:10 pm
  • Democrats reframe debate on health care

    WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama's unpopular health care law is losing some of its political punch as vulnerable Democrats see it as less of an ele ...
    Aug. 22, 2014 - 11:22 am
  • Education Department tries to ease testing worries

    WASHINGTON – Education Secretary Arne Duncan said Thursday that states can apply for extra time before they use student test scores to judge teachers' ...
    Aug. 21, 2014 - 1:56 pm
  • Foley's death isn't changing views in Congress

    WASHINGTON – For all its horror, the beheading of an American journalist in Syria appears unlikely to change lawmakers' minds about military intervent ...
    Aug. 21, 2014 - 8:39 am
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